Re: metashell - User Friendly Shell
- From: chombee <chombee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:56:48 +0000
There is also fish <http://fishshell.org/>, a shell with added usability
features. I remember it was proposed to replace bash by default in
ubuntu a long time ago, but it was rejected.
On Sat, 2008-01-26 at 19:32 -0500, Pysco wrote:
Hello Fellow Ubuntu Users:
I hope these are the correct lists to post to, for this type of
information. I posed to; ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-server, ubuntu-users,
ubuntu-devel, ubuntu-devel-discuss, and ubuntu-universe-sponsors. In
addition I posted the very same information on the Ubutu Fourms, which
can be found at - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=4212284, in
case you would like to continue the discussions there as well. I am
posting to this lists as well, as they seem a bit more active amongst
the developers, and used far more in discussion making, if this is an
incorrect assumption, or any of the mention listed the incorrect place
to post, please let me know. The important part, after the jump.
I found this project, "metashell" on Freshmeat/Source Forge. I wanted
to share it with the Ubuntu community.
Directly from the metashell website:
metashell is a lightweight, heavy punch, interactive,
intelligent command-line shell. The amazing difference with
metashell lies in its ability to determine a file's datatype,
and automatically run your desired applications.
metashell uses file datatypes (mime types) to determine a
files type, and then using user defined applications
automatically opens the files. Making the user experience in a
shell easier and more user-friendly, while adding robust power
to the CLI gurus of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
STATUS: Beta (Beta has been released)
As you can see the project is still only is Beta, but development
seems to be active (at least since the initial beta release). I've
also been using the shell for the past few days, and am currently
using the latest version (0.03b). Minus a minor installation bug, and
a dependency not included in the Ubuntu repository, everything seems
to work great. And it does seem like it could be (albeit with a bit of
work) a replacement as mine (and hopefully) your shell.
The shell is honestly extremely user-friendly, but still contains the
normal *nix power. It just makes execution and file management a
breeze. You can still pipe commands, redirect output, background and
union commands, etc. The ground-breaking feature is really the way you
work with files.
You simply type in a filename, and based on its mimetype (and your
configuration) the file is automatically open/executed through the
default application (based on your ~/.msh_apps setting). No more do
you have to cat a file, or look through its contents. The shell makes
this an easy and seamless process. It even will change directory,
without you typing 'cd' (although you can still use 'cd' if desired).
All of your normal commands/applications will function, (ls, cd, nano,
cat, rm, mv, ln, cp, etc). But you can now move around, and manage
files a bit easier.
I feel this will make the shell a far less "scary" place for new Linux
users. (I'll refrain from using the term noob, as I too am new to
Linux). It will allow them to use it to open and edit files, without
learning an absurd amount of information before hand. Allowing them to
get the task done, and learn at a later time. And although I feel
learning is important, and they will eventually need to know the "hard
way" this should be a good start.
This seems to also be the direction Ubuntu is traveling, thus the
reason I am posting this here. Ubuntu is "Linux for human beings" and
metashell seems to be "The Linux Shell for human beings". Things "Just
Work (tm?)". Just like double-clicking, you enter a filename and
things happen, no questions asked.
The other cool part, is the default settings shipped, are for Ubuntu
(Gnome), therefore Gnome GUI applications are opened for each
filetype. I really think Ubuntu users will benefit from this project.
All that being said, beyond just telling you about the project, I have
a question. What are the chances of something like this shell or
another user-friend shell making it into the Ubuntu distribution? Even
if not as a default?
Please take a look, and give your feedback. The Project Owner, is
rather responsive, via email. Plus let me know what you think, and the
possibility of inclusion into Ubuntu.
Source Forge: http://metashell.sf.net
(As a side note, I have CC'd the project developer and the project's
mailing lists -- as mentioned the project owner is quick to respond to
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